Jun 10, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden walks off the stage with his back to the camera after speaking during the opening plenary session at the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2022.

A Region Divided: What Did the Summit of the Americas Accomplish?

Leaders of twenty-three Western Hemisphere countries attended the ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 6–10, with a focus on “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future.” The summit sought cooperation on shared challenges, including economic recovery, climate change, health, and migration. The meeting showcased a divided region and is unlikely to produce any substantial outcomes, write four experts for the Council of Councils global perspectives series, but it has prompted some pragmatic first steps toward stronger regional partnerships.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks off the stage with his back to the camera after speaking during the opening plenary session at the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California on June 9, 2022.
Leaders of twenty-three Western Hemisphere countries attended the ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 6–10, with a focus on “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future.” The summit sought cooperation on shared challenges, including economic recovery, climate change, health, and migration. The meeting showcased a divided region and is unlikely to produce any substantial outcomes, write four experts for the Council of Councils global perspectives series, but it has prompted some pragmatic first steps toward stronger regional partnerships.
Mar 03, 2022
Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a road in Kharkiv, Ukraine in front of a tank while holding weapons on February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Will Have Lasting Implications

Russia’s military assault on Ukraine defies international law and poses one of the most alarming challenges to European security in the post-Cold War era, with ripple effects far beyond the continent. In this Council of Councils global perspectives series, four experts analyze the implications for Russia, Europe, and the world.
Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a road in Kharkiv, Ukraine in front of a tank while holding weapons on February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin
Russia’s military assault on Ukraine defies international law and poses one of the most alarming challenges to European security in the post-Cold War era, with ripple effects far beyond the continent. In this Council of Councils global perspectives series, four experts analyze the implications for Russia, Europe, and the world.
Jan 19, 2022
Dr. Ruxandra Divan rests in the Intensive Care Unit for COVID-19 patients at Hopitaux Civils de Colmar in Colmar, France on December 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

COVID-19 After Two Years: The Failure of Pandemic Governance

Countries have made too little progress in 2021 against COVID-19. Combating COVID-19 and strengthening pandemic governance remain daunting challenges in 2022—made more difficult by diminished confidence in multilateralism, no consensus on pandemic governance reforms, and the global spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Dr. Ruxandra Divan rests in the Intensive Care Unit for COVID-19 patients at Hopitaux Civils de Colmar in Colmar, France on December 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Countries have made too little progress in 2021 against COVID-19. Combating COVID-19 and strengthening pandemic governance remain daunting challenges in 2022—made more difficult by diminished confidence in multilateralism, no consensus on pandemic governance reforms, and the global spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.
Jan 12, 2022
A United Nations security guard walks through an empty hall as COVID-19 restrictions have kept the number of delegates limited at the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 23, 2021.

Diplomacy Reset: Ten Global Summits to Watch in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed global summits and undermined the ability of leaders to act on issues that imperil the safety, security, and well-being of every nation’s citizens. These ten summits will help determine if 2022 will be any different.
A United Nations security guard walks through an empty hall as COVID-19 restrictions have kept the number of delegates limited at the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 23, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed global summits and undermined the ability of leaders to act on issues that imperil the safety, security, and well-being of every nation’s citizens. These ten summits will help determine if 2022 will be any different.
Dec 16, 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden convenes a virtual summit with leaders from democratic nations at Summit for Democracy in Washington, DC, on December 9, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Global Perspectives on Biden’s Democracy Summit

Leaders of more than one hundred countries took part in the U.S.-hosted Summit for Democracy in early December. The outcome was mixed at best, say four experts writing for the Council of Councils global perspectives series.
U.S. President Joe Biden convenes a virtual summit with leaders from democratic nations at Summit for Democracy in Washington, DC, on December 9, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Leaders of more than one hundred countries took part in the U.S.-hosted Summit for Democracy in early December. The outcome was mixed at best, say four experts writing for the Council of Councils global perspectives series.
Nov 17, 2021
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prepare to receive attendees during the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021.

COP26: Much Achieved, Huge Opportunities Missed

In this Council of Councils global perspectives series, five experts take stock of where the UN climate summit failed, areas of progress, and how much work remains to strengthen international efforts enough to limit global warming from reaching catastrophic levels.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres prepare to receive attendees during the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021.
In this Council of Councils global perspectives series, five experts take stock of where the UN climate summit failed, areas of progress, and how much work remains to strengthen international efforts enough to limit global warming from reaching catastrophic levels.
Sep 01, 2021
A U.S. flag flies above a razorwire-topped fence at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (CUBA)

The 9/11 Effect and the Transformation of Global Security

The scale and audacity of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, spurred sweeping changes in the way the United States, its partners, and adversaries used the machinery of state and technology to respond to threats. In this Council of Councils global perspectives, five experts reflect on the legacy of the attacks and offer insights into the biggest changes in counterterrorism, human rights, surveillance, international law of war, and border security.
A U.S. flag flies above a razorwire-topped fence at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool (CUBA)
The scale and audacity of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, spurred sweeping changes in the way the United States, its partners, and adversaries used the machinery of state and technology to respond to threats. In this Council of Councils global perspectives, five experts reflect on the legacy of the attacks and offer insights into the biggest changes in counterterrorism, human rights, surveillance, international law of war, and border security.
Jun 18, 2021
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a group photo at the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Britain, June 11, 2021.

Biden's Summitry Was Reassuring for the West. Now Comes the Hard Part.

Transatlantic relations were boosted by nearly a week of summits marking U.S. President Joe Biden’s first diplomatic travels. But the months ahead will test the ability of alliances, great powers, and multilateral groups to advance global health, security, and economic opportunity, as well as whether the United States can lead the effort, say experts at leading global think tanks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a group photo at the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Britain, June 11, 2021.
Transatlantic relations were boosted by nearly a week of summits marking U.S. President Joe Biden’s first diplomatic travels. But the months ahead will test the ability of alliances, great powers, and multilateral groups to advance global health, security, and economic opportunity, as well as whether the United States can lead the effort, say experts at leading global think tanks.
Apr 28, 2021
World leaders appear on a video screen during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Biden's Welcome Climate Reboot and the Daunting Diplomacy Ahead

President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate marked a promising step forward. But even with renewed U.S. global leadership there are daunting challenges to locking in meaningful reductions to carbon emissions.
World leaders appear on a video screen during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
President Joe Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate marked a promising step forward. But even with renewed U.S. global leadership there are daunting challenges to locking in meaningful reductions to carbon emissions.
Jan 15, 2021
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

U.S. Capitol Breach Was a Shot Heard Round the World

In this Council of Councils global perspectives roundup, members of five leading think tanks reflect on the impact of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The attacks left leaders and publics in many democracies stunned, reassured, or determined to play a bigger role in preserving democratic order in the world.
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.
In this Council of Councils global perspectives roundup, members of five leading think tanks reflect on the impact of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The attacks left leaders and publics in many democracies stunned, reassured, or determined to play a bigger role in preserving democratic order in the world.